Alpine skier hits slopes at national games

Michael Langridge admits he wasn't a shining student in elementary school.

Michael Langridge admits he wasn’t a shining student in elementary school.

Growing up in Vancouver, Langridge would often get into trouble. He would argue with the teacher, end up in the principal’s office and get sent home day after day.

But the trouble he’d get himself into stopped when his mother suggested he try skiing in the ’80s. He fell in love with the sport instantly, heading up to the mountain as often as he could to ski with his brother. Shortly after, he joined the Special Olympic program.

“It’s being on the slopes and enjoying the view. I grew out of that (the trouble) when I went to the Special Olympics because they don’t take that from anybody,” said Langridge, adding he signed an athletes code of conduct saying he would act respectfully. “I just love to ski.”

Now, several decades later and after moving from the Mainland to the Island this year, the 35-year-old is taking his skiing abilities to the next level with competitive alpine skiing. Langridge is the only alpine skier from Vancouver Island who will be competing in the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games this week.

“I was shocked and surprised because not everybody gets a chance to go,” said Langridge, who makes the roughly three-hour drive to practice at Mount Washington. “I just love going fast.”

He made Team B.C. after winning three gold medals in super G, slalom and giant slalom during last year’s Special Olympics B.C. Winter Games in Kamloops.

Most recently, he also participated in a training camp in Kamloops in November.

Now, he’s getting set to make his first appearance at a national sporting event.

Langridge’s alpine ski training coach Anne-Marie Sutherland said he’s motivated and willing to do whatever it takes to improve his skills.

“He’s very engaged. His motivation in actually doing whatever he needs to do in training has amped up, he’s very focused,” she said, adding she expects Langridge will do well in the novice category. “I think he’s going to do so well that he’s going to be bumped up to the intermediate category quite quickly.”

Heading into the Games, Langridge has been working out at the gym and doing circuit training at local tracks, getting ready to compete in the super G, slalom and giant slalom races.

“I just want to get the best time as possible,” he said.

Victoria snowshoer Terri Carelius and coach Kim McArthur will also be competing in the Games.

The Special Olympics Canada Winter Games takes place in Corner Brook, Newfoundland from March. 1 to 5.

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Felix Townsin, shown here with his sister, Lexi, who died on Oct. 19, 2019. Felix is a big part of a family initiative aimed at finding a cure for Blau Syndrome. (Photo contributed by the Townsin family)
Quest to cure Blau syndrome a family affair

John Stubbs student produces film for late little sister Lexi

An untitled Emily Carr painting of Finlayson Point was donated to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria by brothers Ian and Andrew Burchett. The painting had been in their family for several decades. (Courtesy of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria)
Newly public Emily Carr painting depicts well-known Victoria view

Painting among several donated to Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

An incident on Sooke Road is slowing traffic Wednesday evening. (Courtesy of Mona Hazeldine)
Sooke Road incident snarls evening traffic

Witnesses report two-vehicle collision

Janet Austin, lieutenant governor of B.C., was presented with the first poppy of the Royal Canadian Legion’s 2020 Poppy Campaign on Wednesday. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
PHOTOS: B.C. Lieutenant Governor receives first poppy to kick off 2020 campaign

Janet Austin ‘honour and a privileged’ to receive the poppy

Soccer player Ethan Finnigan juggles the ball at Oak Bay High. The Grade 12 student was injured much of last year and was relying on his senior year to score a scholarship and play at university. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
High school athletes remain on sidelines across B.C.

Recruiting for university on hiatus, future unknown

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, Oct. 26, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 case count jumps by 287, another senior home outbreak

Two more deaths recorded, community outbreak in Okanagan

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Oct. 27

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

MMFN First Nation has said that it will restrict access to portion of Highway 28 that passes through the Nation’s land until a road use agreement is reached. (Black Press file photo)
Vancouver Island First Nation blocks highway access to logging trucks in Gold River

Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation restricting access for Western Forest Products pending road deal

100 Mile Conservation officer Joel Kline gingerly holds an injured but very much alive bald eagle after extracting him from a motorist’s minivan. (Photo submitted)
Rescued bald eagle that came to life in B.C. man’s car had lead poisoning

Bird is on medication and recovering in rehab centre

The B.C. Centre for Disease control is telling people to keep an eye out for the poisonous death cap mushroom, which thrives in fall weather conditions. (Paul Kroeger/BCCDC)
Highly poisonous death cap mushroom discovered in Comox

This marks first discovery on Vancouver Island outside Greater Victoria area

Cowichan Search and Rescue set up near the Silver Bridge in Duncan on Wednesday morning, Oct. 28, 2020 to rescue a dog from the Cowichan River. (Citizen file)
Cowichan Search and Rescue save dog from icy Cowichan River

Search and Rescue’s swiftwater team was called in

Premier-elect John Horgan and cabinet ministers are sworn in for the first time at Government House in Victoria, July 18, 2017. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)
Pandemic payments have to wait for B.C. vote count, swearing-in

Small businesses advised to apply even if they don’t qualify

A raccoon paid a visit to a Toronto Tim Hortons on Oct. 22, 2020. (shecallsmedrew/Twitter)
Who are you calling a trash panda? Raccoon takes a shift at Toronto Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons said animal control was called as soon they saw the surprise visitor

Most Read